Through The Lily Pad Appeal, we have teamed up with Croydon University Hospital to raise £750,000 to create a new, state-of-the-art Children’s Oncology Unit at the hospital. This unit will ensure that the level and quality of care for all young people and families coping with Cancer in our local area is both what they need and what they deserve.

We are a third of the way to achieving our target – and with one year remaining, we are reaching out to all corners of the Croydon Community to join The £2020 in 2020 Challenge.

This is a borough wide call to action inviting local businesses, schools, community and faith groups to commit to raising £2020 by the end of 2020. Businesses have already begun signing up and showing their commitment to Croydon’s most vulnerable and seriously ill young people.

‘The Lily Pad Appeal is a hugely important local cause for Croydon. We can’t wait to get our team on board with The Challenge and stuck into some feel-good fundraising for the children of Croydon. We couldn’t be happier to be one of the first Lily Pad Challengers.’ Debbie O’Connell, Natwest.

The charity is co-ordinating a busy programme of fundraising activity throughout 2020 as part of the campaign including ‘The Great 5k Sponsored Walk at Croydon’s Lloyd Park’ on Sunday 7 June as well as opportunities to take part in a host of events including the London 10k, Skydives and wing walks.  Find out more here.

The creation of the brand-new Cancer Unit is part of the major redevelopment of Acute Pediatric Services at the hospital transforming facilities for patients and families across the borough as well as for the hospital’s medical staff. Work is due to commence on site in Spring.

‘The new Oncology Unit will make a huge impact on the children of Croydon, ensuring they are able to receive expert care, close to home during an incredibly difficult time in their lives. The oncology unit will form part of the Trust’s new state-of-the-art integrated unit, bringing together inpatient, day surgery and short stay wards into one dedicated space and making caring for Croydon’s children as seamless as possible.’ David Garrett, Croydon University Hospital.

Join us, take up The Challenge and be part of this extra special group of supporters.

If you want to sign up, email lilypad@chartwellcancertrust.co.uk or call 01959 570322.’